St Tikhon's Monastery to hold 103rd Annual Pilgrimage May 25-28, 2007
Article posted: 5/7/2007 6:40 AM
SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA Communications] -- The 103rd annual pilgrimage
to Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery here will formally open on
Friday, May 25, 2007, with the celebration of Vespers and Matins,
followed by a procession with the relics of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk
and the singing of the Akathistos Hymn in his honor, at 4:00 p.m.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, Primate of the Orthodox Church in
America, will preside at the four-day celebration. Joining
Metropolitan Herman will be His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia
and Eastern Pennsylvania; other members of the hierarchy of the
Orthodox Church in America; and numerous clergy and faithful from
throughout North America.
On Saturday, May 26, the hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be
celebrated at 9:00 a.m. At 2:00 p.m., the 65th annual commencement of
Saint Tikhon's Seminary will be held in the school's auditorium. His
Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian
Archdiocese of North America, will deliver the commencement address
and will be awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree honoris causa. The
Vigil will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m.
The hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Sunday, May 27,
at 9:00 a.m. Vespers and Matins will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m.,
after which a grand banquet honoring members of the 2007 graduating
class will be held at the Genetti Manor, 1505 South Main Street,
Dickson City, PA at 5:00 p.m. Also slated to be honored at the
banquet are the Very Rev. Sergei Glagolev, the Very Rev. Yaroslav
Sudick, and Mr. Walter Palchik, who will be awarded the distinction
of "trustee emeritus" for their dedicated service as members of the
seminary board, and Metropolitan Herman on the occasion of his 75th
birthday. Tickets are available at $35.00 by contacting Mary Sernak,
700 Delaware St., Mayfield, PA 18433 or by calling 570/876-5855.
On Monday, May 28, the early Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the
monastery church at 7:30 a.m. The traditional pilgrim's procession to
the monastery and the greeting of Metropolitan Herman and the
concelebrating hierarchs will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by the
hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the pavilion. A General Memorial will
be celebrated for all faithful departed at the grave site of His
Eminence, the late Metropolitan Leonty, after the Liturgy.
At 2:00 p.m. Monday, the Service of Intercession to the Most Holy
Mother of God with the anointing of the sick, infirm, and all
pilgrims will be celebrated at the monastery bell tower.
The pilgrimage will close with the celebration of Vespers and Matins
in the monastery church at 4:00 p.m. on Monday.
Clergy will be available for confessions on Sunday evening and Monday morning.
Throughout the pilgrimage, the faithful are invited to visit the
seminary and monastery bookstore, the Metropolitan Theodosius Museum,
and the various food booths. Graves will also be blessed in the
Founded in 1905, Saint Tikhon Monastery is the oldest Orthodox
Christian monastery in North America.